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Durham University



Dr Anna Grubert

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

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Anna joined Durham University as Assistant Professor in September 2016. Prior to this, she studied at the Universities of Bern (lic.phil.hum.; 2006) and Fribourg (PhD in Psychology; 2010) in Switzerland and spent six years as a post-doctoral research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation – SNSF, and the Economic and Social Research Council – ESRC).

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My work

Most broadly, I’m interested in the processing mechanisms underlying visual selective attention and the functional links between working memory and attentional control. More specifically, I am curious about the processes that allow us to deliberately select certain (relevant) over other (irrelevant) events - based on our personal task goals and selection intentions. To detect a sought-for object in the visual world, attentional selection is (top-down) guided by pre-activated mental representations of object features that are held in visual working memory. The temporal and organisational properties of such attentional templates and their role in the control of attentional object selection and identification are at the core of my research. In my experiments, I employ psychophysical methods and combine behavioural with electrophysiological (EEG/ERPs) measures to track the speed and efficiency of intentionally controlled and template-guided attentional selection in real time.

Research Interests

  • Key words:
  • Visual selective attention
  • Top-down attentional control
  • Memory-guided attentional selection and attentional templates
  • Psychophysical paradigms
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Event-related potentials (ERPs)

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